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Weigel Funeral Home ~ Swanton
Friday January 24th, 2020
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Walter "Walt" H. Lange

Walter “Walt” Henry Lange, age 81, of Swanton, Ohio, died Saturday, January 18, 2020, surrounded by his family following a stroke and a brief stay at Hospice of Northwest Ohio. He was born on May 7, 1938 in Toledo, Ohio to Arthur and Margaret (Willey) Lange. 

He graduated from Macomber High School in 1956. Following high school, he attended the University of Toledo and obtained a Bachelor Degree in Mathematics Education, and Master and Education Specialist Degrees. He began his teaching career in the Toledo Public School System, then continued at the University of Toledo until he retired in 2012, with most of the years being at the Community and Technical College. Throughout his career, he co-authored several High School and College Mathematics textbooks. 

He met Danuta Posadny Lange at the Toledo Heights Library in March of 1958 and they married on August 12, 1961. She preceded him in death on December 30, 2017.

Walt was inducted into the Fulton County Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2017 in recognition of his support of forestry management and the tree farm system in Fulton County. He maintained the 56-acre Lange Tree Farm for 30 years in Swancreek Township, where he planted thousands of trees that included white oak, red oak, black walnut, black cherry, white pine and American chestnut. He realized how important trees were to the land at the local, state, and national levels. In 2010, the Lange Tree Farm was recognized as the Ohio Tree Farm of the Year and in 2011, the National-Northeast Outstanding Regional Tree Farm of the Year.

Walt served board, committee, or chairmanship roles for many years in various state level organizations including the Ohio Forestry Association, the Ohio Tree Farm Committee, the Ohio Farm Bureau Forestry Commodity Advisory Committee, and the Ohio Governor’s Forestry Advisory Council. He helped establish Chestnut Education Plots at 4-H Camp Palmer and Maumee State Forest. While being a member of the Swanton Tree Commission, he arranged several Arbor Day tree plantings at Park Elementary School. 

Walt was well known and active in his Church and Community.  He was a member of St. Richard Catholic Church, serving on several committees throughout the years. He hosted Boy Scout camps for many years as well as served as mentor to several Eagle Scout projects. He served on the Fulton County and Swancreek Township Zoning commissions as well as the Swancreek Water District Board.

He served on the Fulton County Fair Board from 1996-2002, on the Fulton County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors from 2003-2006, and on the Advisory Board for Fulton County OSU Extension. Walt continued to help at the Fulton County Fair as the Poultry Show Coordinator and Weigh Master since 1980. 

Walt enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing, cutting firewood, grilling, or tending to his woodlands.

Walt was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Ruth Kean and Patricia Welsh, and brothers Robert “Bud” and Arthur.

He is survived by his children, Denise (Dennis) Heban and Lisa (Tom) Higginbotham; his grandchildren, Catherine and Nicholas Heban, and Nathan, Elyssa and Kyle Higginbotham; and sister, Marian (Jack) Tripp.

Visitation will be held Friday, January 24th from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home, 204 Chestnut St. in Swanton (419.826.2631). A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, January 25th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Richard Catholic Church, 333 Brookside Dr. in Swanton with Fr. Eric Culler presiding.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to St. Richard - Memorial Garden Fund.

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We remember both Walt and his Donna from the Tree Farm committee and activities. You couldn't ask for a more hardworking and delightful pair who did so much for forestry here in Ohio. Walt will be greatly missed from our lives. All of our times together were full of laughter and fun. He knew so much about what was happening at the state and national level and made sure that the important things were passed on to our tree farmers so, we might do a better job of managing our woods. My most fond memory of Walt was to watch out for him at auctions. He loved auctions and would find ways to help increase the money raised for the tree farm committee. Silent auctions would find him upping the bids on numerous items so as to raise more money for the committee. I would have to time my bid for the last minute of the auction, so I could have the final bid for an item I really wanted. It became a game of cat and mouse with him to get to the sheet for that final bid. I will miss him. Carolyn (Potts) and David Caron from the Potts Tree Farm

Carolyn (Potts) Caron Jan 24 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss, prayers for the family. I had the honor of knowing Walt via 4-H Camp Palmer. He established our 25 tree chestnut hybrid grove a few years ago. Last year as the major donor he helped build Danuta Cabin in honor of his wife. What a joyful ribbon cutting and dedication service it was last May with Walt, family and friends opening this new cabin. He will be greatly missed.

Bill Goodson Jan 24 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Walter "Walt" Lange

Lynda Coffey & David Westmark Jan 23 2020 12:00 AM

What a beautiful tribute to your Dad, Denise. Im so sorry for your loss.

Cindy Hartong Jan 22 2020 12:00 AM

Walt was very supportive of me over the years. I have now lost him, Tim and Bill. Such a sad day. My best to his family.

Gwen Terwilliger, friend and colleague.

Gwen Terwilliger Jan 22 2020 12:00 AM

I was proud to have known Walt. He was a good, giving, interesting, and fair man. I can't imagine he ever met anyone he didn't like. We should all strive to be such a person. I know what he would say, "good gravy man, don't sit there typing, go plant a tree".

John P. Gaynor Jan 22 2020 12:00 AM

A sparkle in his eye, a smile on his face and a firm handshake. The forest community never had a more enthusiastic champion. What an honor to have called him friend and to have had the opportunity to work with him over the years.

Rick Bryan Jan 21 2020 12:00 AM

Heaven gained another Angel today. He was just a wonderful person I'm sure he will be very very missed by all. He went above and be on for the kids at the Fulton County Fair. And for Swan Creek Twp. So sorry for your loss.

Bonnie and Ron Holdeman Jan 21 2020 12:00 AM

Condolences to the family. In addition to being one of the finest men I have ever met, Walt was an inspiration and leader to the forestry community. He has touched both foresters and tree farmers and leaves that legacy with us.

Gary Kaster Jan 20 2020 12:00 AM

Walt always had smiles when I greeted him at Church. Walt was also the reason I was going to help with grounds around church. He always had gracious hug and will miss him greatly. A special man who missed the love of his life. God bless.

Dianne Pinkelman Jan 20 2020 12:00 AM

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